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06-20-2005, 06:11 PM
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M-A Thinel signs in France

According to eurohockey, M-A Thinel has signed with Les Dragons de Rouen.

http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/last_24_hours.html



Good luck to him over there. What a career he had in the Q, too bad he couldn't translate it to the NHL. Perhaps bringing over some Oilers prospects forced him to jump ship as he had to think a roster spot would be tougher to get if they send a number of forwards.

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Another example of a player who had excellent stats. But, was drafted relatively low (fifth round in 1999). You know it's too good to be true to see a guy register 103, 132 and 150 points seasons in the QMJHL. Then, he's barely good enough to make you AHL team. Usually there's a reason why an offensive player is selected in the middle or late rounds. Lack of speed, learning ability, heart or size. Sometimes, all of the above. Have a good time, Thinel. No loss.

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I'm a bit surprised as I thought he would play for the Quebec Radio X of the NAHL, the team who drafted him in the last draft.

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According to eurohockey, M-A Thinel has signed with Les Dragons de Rouen.

http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/last_24_hours.html



Good luck to him over there. What a career he had in the Q, too bad he couldn't translate it to the NHL. Perhaps bringing over some Oilers prospects forced him to jump ship as he had to think a roster spot would be tougher to get if they send a number of forwards.
Is it official ? or there is a mistake with his name , and it is his brother that signed with them ?

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Is it official ? or there is a mistake with his name , and it is his brother that signed with them ?

Posted 20/6/2005: Marc-André Thinel (F)
From Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) to Rouen HE
Added By: Chris Laparra, Status: Confirmed

I guess they are right...They wouldn't do two mistakes like that...

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He was given his last chance to really impress last year, IMHO his progression was very slow (though I think he did improve last year)... He will do well in Europe IMHO and I wish the young guy well.

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Heh... they're talking about the guy like if he was Wayne Gretzky or something

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fun to see they include his stats in junior in his overall stats.

Thinel and Mallette.. wow, it looks like my old days watching the Victoriaville Tigers.

They should add Danny Groulx Pierre-Luc Seigher ahhaha

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How is hockey doing in France? With the French Canadian connection, ie lots of possible coaches and players who speak French, and the growth of hockey in Switzerland and Germany, has it caught on at all?

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How is hockey doing in France? With the French Canadian connection, ie lots of possible coaches and players who speak French, and the growth of hockey in Switzerland and Germany, has it caught on at all?


As far as I know (I haven't really followed french hockey the last few years), hockey has no coverage and no strong support. Football, handball, basketball, volley-ball (and probably a few others) are all in front of hockey and will probably remain there. It would need a hockey version of Tony Parker to raise some interest, but even then, they had Bozon who played a few years in the NHL, and it wasn't enough. The Federation wasn't (and isn't) strong enough to build a wealthy nation-wide league who could attract some names, which makes it hard to create something. Hockey is big in Switzerland and correct in Germany, but that won't influence the situation in France.

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